The Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University, which has been packed since its doors opened last August, has something big to celebrate this week: LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. It’s the first new construction on the school’s Homewood campus to earn this distinction.
The Learning Commons’ sustainable strategies include:
Managing solar gain: Heat gain and loss from the glass curtain wall system was combated by high-performance glass, automated interior shades, and perimeter (hydronic) heating and cooling.
Energy efficiency: While the under-floor air distribution system with perimeter heating and cooling can represent some additional upfront cost, these under-air systems allow the spaces above to be flexible and highly reconfigurable.
Use of natural light: Generous use of glass fills the Learning Commons with natural light and introduces daylight to the lower levels of the existing library. Daylight and occupancy sensors control light use.
Reuse of salvaged materials: Materials sourced from the University’s salvage yard include granite for curbing and steps and marble for an exterior seat wall.
Efficient water use: The Learning Commons uses low-flow water fixtures
Regionally sourced materials
Shepley Bulfinch’s 2007 design of Johns Hopkins’ Decker Quad, which included Hackerman Hall and Mason Hall, created one of the largest green roofs in the state of Maryland.